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A Wayward Son
by Connie Hinnen Cook

Thursday, July 20, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
and rides upon the storm...
--William Cowper

Though her dear son was only 12,
rebellion filled his heart,
she tried to take him to her church
but he would not take part.

His drifter-dad abandoned them,
he left without a word,
she tried to speak well of the man
but her words went unheard.

And ever since, her only son
had suddenly turned cruel,
he kicked the dog, he sassed his mom,
he bullied kids at school.

And then one morn she woke to find
that he had run away,
she quickly got down on her knees
and started in to pray...

"Protect my son, my wayward son,
and let him know You care,
I place my son in Your strong hands,"
this was her fervent prayer.

The train was racing through the fog,
a stowaway on board,
the mother wakes from fitful sleep
and calls upon the Lord...

"I know my son's in trouble, Lord,
I feel it in my soul,
I'm asking You to cover him,
I'm giving You control."

The fog is growing thicker now
and just around the ridge,
the engineer expects to find
the old Charles River Bridge.

But through the thickened fog appears
a clear sign of the cross,
he takes it as a warning from
his Sovereign Heavenly Boss.

Quite startled to his very core,
he quickly hits the brakes,
the great train shrieks in protest,
and comes to stop, mid shakes.

His night assistant walks the tracks
and then gives out a shout,
the words slice sharply through the fog:
"Charles River Bridge is out!"

The miracle that saved their lives?
stuck to the train's headlight,
a great enormous dragonfly,
impaled thereon, mid-flight.

Its silhouette projected
to the fog a cross so plain,
the Lord used that huge dragonfly
to stop a moving train!

The wayward son's a pastor now,
each week a bigger crowd,
he preaches with conviction
and he does his mother proud.

"Protect my son, my wayward son,
and let him know You care,
I place my son in Your strong hands,"
this was her fervent prayer.


"For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways,
and My thoughts than your thoughts."
(Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV)

Loosely based on "Easter Miracle"
drawn by Ray Willner,
Buster Brown Comic Book.

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Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/21/2006
Connie your poem is so exciting to read, and uplifting at the same time with your rhyme and meter you are a truly fine poet!

Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 7/21/2006
Connie, what a lovely poem. God sure works in mysterious ways! A mother's fervent prayer touched the heart of God. Praise the Lord!

Reviewed by Connie Faust 7/21/2006
A thrilling story, Connie, and poignantly written.
It's easy to sense the mother's heartache and her
total trust in God. I've learned from personal
experience that putting the wayward one in God's strong
hands is the only recourse. Through the years, I learned
2 important lessons-- 1. God loves them more than we do,
and 2. God is working in their lives whether we can see it
or not.
the other connie
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/21/2006
A fantastic story poem, Connie, well done! One of your best; enjoyed. Very much.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 7/21/2006
oh, Connie, what a fantastic story you wove into this poem! And with a message that I need right now. The symbolic use of the dragonfly was awesome!

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/21/2006
A fantastic story poem, Connie.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/21/2006

You get the message and gospel of the Lord over in an utterly unique and compelling fashion..

I loved the symbol of the Dragonfly...

It reminded me of my spiritual article " The Dragonfly and the Scallop "..

God Bless
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 7/21/2006
You are an absolutely brilliant writer.
I loved this poem ssssoooooooooo much.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/21/2006
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/21/2006
Moving and emotional write that lets us know there is hope for all. Well done Connie.


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